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[663e] willingly and without constraint?

Clinias
Truth is a noble thing, Stranger, and an enduring; yet to persuade men of it seems no easy matter.

Athenian
Be it so; yet it proved easy to persuade men of the Sidonian fairy-tale,1 incredible though it was, and of numberless others.

Clinias
What tales?

Athenian
The tale of the teeth that were sown, and how armed men sprang out of them. Here, indeed, the lawgiver has a notable example

1 About Cadmus; cp. Plat. Rep. 414c.

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